Hope, faith and optimism, anyone? In the wee hours on December 7, 2018 at 2:20AM EDT, the Sagittarius new moon, the last new moon of the year, showers us with pre-holiday cheer and reminds us to look on the brighter side of life.
After a frustrating few weeks, the Sagittarius new moon arrives just one day after trickster Mercury, the messenger planet that governs communication, technology and travel, stationed direct (forward) in secretive Scorpio—and not a moment too soon! Outspoken, tell-it-like-it-is Sagittarius gives us the cosmic permission slip to start speaking our minds once again.
The final new moon of 2018 will feel like a rocket launch from the retrograde abyss that began on October 5 when love planet Venus began her backspin. Then on November 16, just as magnetic Venus stationed direct, trickster Mercury grabbed the baton, and proceeded to scramble signals and mess with our travel plans for a three-week spell. Now, we can allow the nomadic moonbeams of worldly Sagittarius to send us off on spontaneous adventures, maybe for the weekend. Can’t get away? This lunar lift-off creates space for philosophical conversations and cross-cultural connections. With auspicious Jupiter, the bold Sun AND the moon soaring through horizon-broadening Sagittarius, get ready for a hefty dose of #RealTalk!
Remember too that new moons are a time for planting seeds, which you can harvest six months from now. For some great new and full moon manifesting ideas, check out our tips.
Here are 7 ways to break free from your limitations and hit the happiness mark under the spell of the Sagittarius new moon:
1. Plot your next big adventure.
Sagittarius is the zodiac’s global explorer and this new moon reminds us of the fact that there’s a great big world waiting to be discovered. Is there an area of the planet that’s calling your name? Price out plane tickets, read independent travel blogs, and set up a special savings account to contribute to each week. If funds are already available, the temptation to hit the “Reserve Now” button may be too hard to resist. At the very least, make sure your passport is up to date. You’ll want to have it handy should opportunity strike in the days ahead. You might even check out services like Home Exchange that facilitates a housing swap with someone living in the place you want to visit (and vice versa).
2. Reach out across “differences” and divides.
Running with a homogenous crowd? Ears ringing in that echo chamber? The new moon in #StrongerTogether Sagittarius could send those self-imposed walls a-tumbling down. Diversity takes the spotlight at this unifying new moon. Make a point of reaching across any self-imposed blocks or boundaries and mingle multiculturally, especially while Sagittarius season is still in effect through December 21.
The moonbeams from global Sagittarius prompt you to be courageous and spark a conversation with someone outside of your usual social circles. If you already have unity in your community, draw new people into the fold who might not be as experienced with swimming in the melting pot. No matter where you find yourself near this new moon, this truth will be self-evident: People are people. And in these polarized times, we could all use a reminder of that. So mix up the usual suspects, tell your friends to bring their friends, and step out of your bubble—whatever it might look like from the inside.
Does this sound a little too kumbaya and frankly, unrealistic? Nobody’s saying it’s easy, but the Sag new moon is no time to be cynical either. With all the uncertainty in the world, a few of the Archer’s sunny, golden-tipped arrows might not be the worst thing to strike. It’s time to put our faith in love and focus on what’s working, instead of letting our egos dominate what we can’t stand about people, circumstances, or even the political climate.
3. Get your message out to the masses.
Say it loud and say it proud! These days, it’s blessedly easy to share your thoughts and ideas across the digital universe. Sagittarius happens to be the sign that rules publishing, and this new moon calls the slumbering media-makers out of hiding. Nowadays, we don’t have to wait for a major publishing house to offer us a book deal to get our novels or manifestos in print. Print-on-demand is all the rage with services like Lulu.com or Amazon’s Createspace. This new moon is big for bloggers; anyone wishing to join the blogosphere should harness the lunar power of this new moon to get started on Tumblr, YouTube, WordPress, SquareSpace, Wix…the list goes on. Got a niche? Start talking to the select few who share your offbeat passion. But look out: planting an idea under this new moon could start a sweeping new trend by the summer, when the Sagittarius full moon rolls around.
4. Hone your hips!
Sagittarius rules the hips and thighs and this energizing new moon may send us straight to the dance floor to shake a tail-feather like it was going out of style. Since most of us spend our days seated at desks, stiff hips are an epidemic in our sedentary culture. Here are some hip-opening exercises to bring back your sway and swagger. Creatively blocked? Stand up and do some hip circles—a belly dancing move that just involves planting your feet and rotating your hips in 360-degree arcs. Many believe that this movement gets us in touch with our wild, root-chakra energy and helps the kundalini life-force energy move upward, igniting divine inspiration. And if it doesn’t, most of us sedentary souls will still enjoy a good stretch—so no harm can come from trying! As Shakira put it, hips don’t lie, so get yours aligned and find your truth!
5. Let yourself be a little TOO much.
Sagittarius is ruled by abundant Jupiter, the largest and most jovial planet in our solar system. It’s got its own moons twirling around it, a fitting picture for the larger-than-life energy of Sagittarius. Sagittarius urges us to shed our self-consciousness and make fools of ourselves in the name of fun and fearless expression. The REAL party is not with the stiff, starched and socially-graced small talkers nibbling holiday hors-d’oeuvres. Nope. It’s over there with the lady in wild patterns who leaps onto the empty dance floor and boogies to her own beat.
A wise teacher once gave us some public speaking advice. We were nervous about coming on too strong and being “too much” for people. She advised this: Go ahead and BE too much. When you’re fully self-expressed, it creates a gap between you and other people, giving them something to rise up to. Sure, they might laugh or be shocked at first, but they’ll soon be inspired by your courage and authenticity. And they’ll feel permission to be themselves freely, too.
We love this video from Colin Bedell of QueerCosmos about the power of Sagittarius “luck”—and what it really is:
6. Speak your truth—but stay off the soapbox.
When you’re passionate about something, be it aerial yoga, an incredible podcast or a shamanic healer who changed your life, it’s normal to wish everyone knew about it, too. However, under the Sagittarius new moon’s fervent zeal, you can come across as a preachy proselytizer instead of a resourceful friend. Share generously—that’s what Sag is all about—but do it with an open heart and non-attachment. In other words, ditch the know-it-all attitude and speak from a place of compassion and wisdom. As Oscar Wilde wrote, “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” So keep the judgment out of it!
7. Discover your dose of daily Zen.
Wisdom-seeking Sagittarius rules higher knowledge, world religions and philosophy. This is the sign of the lifelong learner who pulls from many different sources to arrive at a universal “truth.” Raise your consciousness at the Sagittarius new moon by looking into new ways of seeing and being. Go ahead and explore obscure philosophies, study the way indigenous tribes live, or add more communal touches to your lifestyle. Suspend judgment and take it all in.
And remember, you never know what form your “teacher” will take. The Sagittarius new moon reminds us that the homeless dude you step over might just be a quantum physicist fallen on hard times, or an angelic messenger whose “crazy” rants somehow are exactly what you were supposed to hear. Find your gurus both in and out of the ashram, temple—or wherever it is you go looking. See the light of consciousness in every human. Better yet, be your own guru.